The actress and radio presenter, 34, took to Instagram to address comments she had received from fans following her inspirational workout posts whilst pregnant. Sharing a picture of herself tucking into a large pizza with her 975,000 followers, the gym fanatic said: “Since I posted the videos of me training during pregnancy I’ve had lots of messages from pregnant ladies saying, ‘I wish I had the energy’ or ‘I look massive and I’m only so many weeks’ or ‘all I want to do is eat and sleep’. The last thing I want is for any woman to not feel like they are doing ok,” Gemma Atkinson continued. “So today, I wanted to share one of the days when I’m NOT doing my training and NOT having my green juice and NOT doing my meditating because I do have those days as well.”
Gemma opened up about her gruelling schedule and how it was affecting her now she is in her third trimester.
“Y’day my day started at 4am and finished at 8pm,”(sic) she wrote. “I was so exhausted I felt sick.
“I know there’s millions of woman who have been pregnant before me & there will be millions more after me and from that what I know is that EVERY pregnancy is different,” she told fans.
In the frank message, Gemma also spoke out about how today she had not felt up to following a super healthy diet and working out.
“Today I didn’t shower, I came home from work, I put my trackies on, I lay with the dogs and for my tea I’ve ordered this large pizza just for me!” she said. “I’m basically a sloth.
“Some days I feel like that and that’s because I’m growing a human (even when I wasn’t pregnant I had those days) There’s always someone saying ‘wait until baby comes, then you’ll be tired’ etc etc… YES I know,” she added. “My sister has 3 children and I’m fully aware of how hard it can be.
“That doesn’t mean I’m not entitled to a lazy day now and then before my baby arrives.
“If today like myself you’ve also been a sloth, don’t beat yourself up,” she urged. “I try to make sure that my good eating & training days outweigh my sloth days and as long as I’m happy and healthy and my baby is the same, that’s all that matters.
“Pregnant or not, hang in there you’re doing ace.”
Gemma started dating Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, 28, last year after they met when she took part in the she in 2017.
They announced they were expecting their first child together earlier this year.
Since then, Gemma has been keeping her fans up to date with her pregnancy on social media, regularly sharing glimpses at her adjusted workouts.
Having previously favoured heavy weight training, the former Hollyoaks star has switched to lighter weights and pilates.
Last month she told fans: “I’m heading into my third trimester so I’m currently doing lighter weights and slower repetitions as my balance isn’t what it was.”
She has also emphasised all her exercise has been approved by her doctors and midwife.
“i;ve had days where I’ve weight trained, days where I’ve just walked and done yoga, some where I’ve done nothing except eat four plates of pasta or some days I’ve cried for naff all,” she said. “It’s all part of pregnancy and with the amount of extra hormones we have during this time we’re forgiven!”